Our Favorite National Park Travel Resources
Traveling with a plan makes life so much easier, don’t you agree? Our National Park Travel planning begins with deciding where to go, what to do and, of course, determining what to take. Alan and I begin with online travel research, followed by reading books and a browse around the Amazon store.
Planning a National Park Trip? We’ve made your planning easier by including our favorite National Park Travel Resources on this page. Check out our favorite online planing resources, books and products to make planning your next National Park visit a breeze. And, as we find, new information and products, we’ll be adding to the list, so bookmark the url and check back often.
National Park Online Travel Resources
Our online research about traveling in U.S. National Parks begins with the official National Parks site for the most comprehensive and up-to-date information. We especially like the find a park search page for getting the travel research ball rolling. Here are a few more of our favorite online resources:
National Parks Conservation Association is another good resource. We especially like the Exploring Our Parks section.
National Parks Traveler is a website that publishes National Park articles on a daily basis. Great information here!
National Parks Guides at National Geographic includes individual park guides plus National Geographic’s gorgeous eye candy. The information is also available as an app.
59 National Parks is a blog written by two ambitious boomer travelers who are visiting all 59 National Parks in 59 weeks. We enjoy following their progress.
National Park Books, Guides and Videos
While online research is easy and convenient, Alan and I still enjoy sitting down with a good book to research our National Park adventures. Of course, we load them into Kindle, when we can, for using on the road with our iPads. And we think everyone needs the visual inspiration that only a quality DVD can provide (or on Netflix if that’s your choice). Some of our favorites:
National Geographic Guide to National Parks of the United States is an excellent resource and a great place to begin your U.S. National Park planning.
Frommer’s EasyGuide to National Parks of the American West (Easy Guides) offers information on some of America’s most popular national parks.
Ken Burns: The National Parks – America’s Best Idea is a DVD that will surely inspire your next national park trip.
Gear for a National Park Trip
Traveling in a U.S. National Park is all about comfort and being prepared in case of emergency. You probably have your own must-have’s but you might want to add one or two items that we can’t travel without.
Since I’ve experienced skin cancer a hat is a must for me. My Tilley Endurables Hat protects my face from the sun. I also like the mesh feature, which keeps my head from getting too hot.
Zip-off pants are indispensable on a National Park trip. And the pockets are a big bonus. I keep my iPhone in one for easy access just in case an animal sighting occurs and I don’t have time to pull out the good camera from the backpack. That’s why I pack several pair of Sierra Designs Women’s Hurricane Pants.
Patagonia raincoat Torrentshell rain jacket helps you stay comfortable, warm and most importantly, dry. We love its highly breathable quality that doesn’t make it too suffocating.
Alan and I both wear Merino Wool Hiker Socks to keep our feet dry, comfortable and cushioned on a long day of exploring. Shh, don’t tell anyone, but I sometimes wear these around the house as bedroom shoes.
Walking Poles take the pressure off our knees when Alan and I are hiking downhill. I also find that the poles help when my fear of heights kicks in. They keep me feeling steady and secure.
We avoid backpacks whenever possible because they’re hard on our boomer backs. Our choice is to hike wearing The High Sierra Express Lumbar Pack, which is just the right size for a day hike.
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